Yesterday was warm and sunny. After windy and sometimes unsettled weather over the last week or so it suddenly felt like summer. Ideal for the monthly craft market, el rastrillo, by the sea in Las Negras.
The stalls, selling antiques, arts and crafts, bread and cakes and even real ale are always interesting and colourful.
There were also buskers providing musical entertainment.
We took some sketches and small paintings down and were pleased to sell two originals.
This morning the light was completely different, although again warm and sunny, a soft haze hung over the sea and there was virtually no wind.
Las Negras was very tranquil.
Visitors and locals had started to claim the sandy parts of the beach amongst the fishing boats.
More were sunbathing and swimming from the main stretch of beach but it was still very peaceful.
This time of year a group of sculptors from Holland visit the village under the tutorship of Yvonne.
Normally they stay in La Paloma at the north end of the beach but this year they are renting apartment on the beach near the centre.
It was interesting for us to see them and take photos in a different setting with the Cerro Negro or the village as a backdrop.
The prevailing winds and currents over the winter seem to have taken a lot of sand from our beach. At the sheltered corner at the south end, where we like to swim from in the summer, the sea bed is usually sandy and there are normally patches of sand on the beach to lie on. As you can see from this photo both the sea bed and beach are stony at the moment but the sand will surely return with the right currents. A couple of local women, sunbathing in the nude, commented that at least it made the beach more peaceful